Educating the community about grief is an important part of our mission. Through grief literacy initiatives, we hope to normalize the experience, encourage empathy and understanding and create more compassionate communities for all.

We are pleased to offer a variety of education sessions about grief that can be delivered in community, in workplaces and, in our current environment, online. Most sessions are 60 minutes in length and are delivered by BFO-MR staff or trained volunteers. We are also happy to modify the sessions to meet specific needs.

Coping with Special Days
When you’re grieving, special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s/Father’s Day and the holidays, no matter what you celebrate, can be a time of overwhelming emotions, new challenges and unrealistic expectations from family and friends. This session acknowledges the difficulties these special days can bring and discusses coping strategies to help you through.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Tuesday December 6, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Interfaith Counselling Centre in New Hamburg – register here
    In partnership with Interfaith Counselling Centre
  • Wednesday December 7, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM at the Kitchener Public Library – register here
    In partnership with the Kitchener Public Library
  • Tuesday December 13, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Virtual
    Register by calling 519-669-8651 or emailing
    In partnership with Woolwich Counselling Centre

Understanding Grief
This session will provide a high-level understanding of what you or others might experience when grieving a death and provide ideas and strategies for how to cope.

Grief in the Workplace
This session will provide an understanding of how to support your coworker, your employee(s) or yourself when a death has occurred, and how grief can affect the workplace.

Grief in the Workplace: Supporting the Professional Caregivers
Building on our Grief in the Workplace session, this presentation also provides coping strategies specifically for professional caregivers who have been impacted by a client’s death in the workplace.

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NEW! Grieving a Suicide Loss
Loss changes your life, and the grief experience is different for each person. Grief is more complicated when the death is sudden and there has been no opportunity to say goodbye. This education session will explore what grief after a suicide death may look and feel like. We’ll share a high-level understanding of grief and the factors that can influence it, as well as some strategies for coping.

Ambiguous Grief
When you’re experiencing grief from an unclear loss or one that remains unverified or without resolution, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this session, we talk about what ambiguous grief is and its effects.

Mind, Body, Spirit
This session shares information about how grief affects various aspects of our lives and provide ideas and strategies for how to cope.

Overdose & Grief in the Community
Overdose deaths have a huge impact in our community. From the family and friends who are grieving, to the way these deaths are viewed often from a stigmatizing lens, there are impacts on us all. Unfortunately, stigma and prejudice can go hand-in-hand with the grief that stems from overdose deaths. This can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and isolation for those who are grieving. Join BFO for an education session to learn more about the impact of overdose death from a personal and community perspective where supportive first-person language will be used, and ideas for support offered for everyone.

Secondary Losses
When someone dies, the primary loss is the physical sense of the person, but this isn’t the only loss we experience. In this session we share how death can cause other losses in our lives and provides strategies for navigating them.

Self-Care & Grief
When someone dies, self-care can take a backseat as we focus on the many other things that accompany a death. This session talks about the importance of self-care while grieving and provides some practical suggestions on how to begin.

Tending to Belongings
This session will provide insight and suggestions on how to honour the space and belongings of someone who has died. We’ll share practical suggestions on how to begin the process and what can be done with the belongings.

Grief During a Pandemic
It’s been over two years of losses. Whether you’ve experienced the death of someone you know, are mourning the loss of a job, social connection or the usual routines of daily life, what many of us are feeling right now is grief. Join us to learn more about how grief may be impacting your life and ways you can manage it.